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'Professor X' vs. Drew McFedries at UFC 98

Xavier "Professor X" Foupa-Pokam has been tapped as the replacement for James Irvin in a middleweight bout versus Drew McFedries at UFC 98 on May 23.

Irvin was forced to pull out due to a knee injury.

Foupa-Pokam (20-10) fell short in his debut for the UFC on April 18 at UFC 97, losing a unanimous decision to Denis Kang. The loss ended a seven-fight win streak.

While Foupa-Pokam will carry the weight of needing a win to guarantee a stay in the UFC, even more pressure is on McFedries, who is coming off two straight losses.

UFC 98 "Evans vs. Machida" will air on pay-per-view from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.